MOSCOW (MRC) -- Axens has launched new P/PR 200 Series of its catalyst technology, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
This year, Axens celebrated the tenth anniversary of Symphony, Axens’ suite of high performance reforming catalysts, which gave Axens a unique position in reforming technology
Symphony consists in industrially proven, high-performance, top-stability reforming catalysts together with an outstanding hydrothermal resistance, covering continuous catalyst regeneration (CCR), semi-regenerative and cyclic applications.
Extended pilot testing program demonstrates that the new P/PR 200 Series ensures higher activity and stability compared to the former generation while improving the averaged product selectivity (reformate and hydrogen). This provides a boost in terms of unit economics while offering higher flexibility in operation.
For example, the new P/PR 200 Series offers the possibility to short load the unit, to process more naphtha, or to extend the time-on-stream factor together with an improvement of the averaged selectivity.
As MRC informed earlier, earlier this year, Sumitomo Chemical successfully conducted the first waste-based polyolefin production at its laboratory in Japan, by use of the ethylene produced by Axens ethanol-to-ethylene technology Atol. This process value chain is complemented with the upfront “Waste to Ethanol” technology by Sekisui Chemical.
This project promotes circular economy making it possible to turn waste into polyolefin, a key product in the petrochemical industry. With this first trial production, the project has entered into a new phase to corroborate the quality of the product on the laboratory basis until mid-2022 toward the next step, which will be the start-up of a pilot plant, currently under construction in Japan.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,868,160 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 18% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,138,510 tonnes in January-September 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) decreased significantly.